Membership as Leadership
By Emily Janowski, Membership Coordinator
Published October 1, 2017
|Sonoma-Marin Farm News from December of 1950. Each finger lists an aspect of a vibrant agriculture community as part of the county Farm Bureau: a strong membership, adequate finances, sound programs, member participation and a well-informed membership.|
As a recent college graduate I have sat through my fair share of guest speaker presentations. They have all centered around one central theme, leadership. They encouraged going above and beyond in getting involved, putting in the work and over extending your time to be considered an involved servant leader. I’m here to offer a different narrative. Leadership is as simple as paying your Farm Bureau membership. And paying it on time.
Although a discount on a Ford truck, travel or insurance shouldn’t be the main reason you are a member, we recognize the value in providing our members with both local and state discounts.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau is the only organization fighting for you on every issue relevant to agriculture and the rural lifestyle. We now provide more advocacy work on behalf of local farmers and ranchers than ever before. We tackle the serious issues that face the agricultural community as the most regulated segment of the California economy. Your voice is heard through Sonoma County Farm Bureau participation in local and regional regulatory and ordinance formation. Outside of the discounts and added monetary benefits of being a member, we also have the benefit of statewide and national Farm Bureau organizations that monitor legislative developments in Sacramento and Washington D.C.
All of this is why you should be a member of Sonoma County Farm Bureau, to keep the production of a safe local food supply a priority. Once a year taking out your check book, paying your dues on time ensures that Farm Bureau is at the table not just on the important issues but every issue.
If you look at the graphics in the December 1950 issue of the Sonoma-Marin Farm News you see the “Strong Arm of Agriculture.” On each finger it lists an aspect of a vibrant agriculture community as part of the county Farm Bureau: a strong membership, adequate finances, sound programs, member participation and a well-informed membership.
You are receiving a copy of the Sonoma-Marin Farm News because you are a current member of Farm Bureau. I thank you for your membership and being a leader in our community. I ask you to take your level of leadership a step further this month. Give this copy of the Sonoma-Marin Farm News to a neighbor, friend, family member or local business that is not yet a Farm Bureau member. October 31st marks the end of the membership year and our deadline to sign up new members to reach our annual membership goal. We need your help in keeping the arm of agriculture strong. Refer a friend to Farm Bureau.
For more information about membership contact Membership Development & Advertising Coordinator, Emily Janowski at Emily@sonomafb.org or (707)544-5575. To join visit cfbf.com/join
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